Shipbuilding and Repair Tops USCG
Small Business Contracts
By JOHN C. MARCARIO, Associate Editor
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The lion’s share of the Coast Guard’s small business awards are in the manufacturing sector, with a specific emphasis on shipbuilding and repair contracts.
The service awarded $2.8 billion in contracts to small business in fiscal 2013 and met or exceeded all of its goals, Sara Marcheggiani, a small business specialist for the Coast Guard Command Office of Contract Operations at the Washington headquarters, said April 9 during a floor presentation at the Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
In fiscal 2013, the service awarded $999 million in small business contracts to the shipbuilding and repair sector, far and away the highest amount given out. The next closest was for engineering services, which totaled $167 million.
The manufacturing sector, which was given $1.5 billion, encompasses metals, machinery, computers, electronics, transportation equipment and furniture.
The Coast Guard breaks up small business the contracts it doles out into sectors. Within that, contracts are categorized according to the North American Industry Classification System, the standard used by federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy.
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